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May 20, 2011

Chefs and Mixologists Collaborate on Taste of the Nation NY – Monday, May 23rd
By Francine Cohen

What did you have for breakfast this morning? For lunch? For dinner? What was that midnight snack you scarfed down with some cocktails or a post-shift beer? Well, whatever it was its likely more food ingested at one meal than many underprivileged kids eat in a day.

Did you think about this fact as you slurped down those oysters, chomped on that bacon, or twirled the other end of your French fry in ketchup? Probably not. And, while we’re not here to make you feel guilty for enjoying the food you can afford to put in front of you, we’d love to have you think about what you can do to help put food in front of 17 million American children who are at risk of going hungry every day.

On Monday, May 23rd, join us for Taste of the Nation NY 2011 and put your ticket purchase to work towards an end to childhood hunger in America so that hungry children grow up to be well-fed productive members of society.

Maybe next year you’ll even join us by participating in the event, but first, we’d just love to see you there Monday night.

Here are some facts to consider:
Nearly one in four kids in America can’t count on having enough to eat. Their bodies may not be rail thin, nor their bellies bloated like their counterparts in other countries, but they’re at risk of hunger all the same. They lack the energy to learn, grow and thrive.
• More than 17 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. That’s nearly 1 in 4.
• 15.5 million kids in America live in poverty.
• 20.1 million children benefit from SNAP (food stamps).
• 19 million kids get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.
• Only 9.4 million kids get a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day.
• Just 1 in 6 eligible kids get free summer meals.
Sources: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; U.S. Census Bureau; Food Research and Action Center.

And here’s why your fellow chefs get involved:
Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, supporter since 2006, presenting the Humm Dog paired with a spicy michelada created by Jeff Bell of PDT, says, ‘There are so many opportunities in New York to work with countless charities. For me, Taste of the Nation is a chance for chefs and foodies to come together to raise money to end childhood hunger. It’s such a rewarding evening for everyone, I’m honored to be a part.”
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November 28, 2010

Mix It Up NYC with Don Q from Francine Cohen on Vimeo.

Leave it to DonQ rums ( to hold their cocktail competition in a space (almost) nobody had seen before, revealing the country’s best rum cocktails that (almost) nobody had tasted before in New York.

Though New York City’s fire department officially frowns on Albert Trummer’s pyrotechnic show at his Chinatown cocktail den, Apotheke, thankfully they were nowhere to be found on May 17th during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic ( as the judges for the DonQ cocktail competition’s US finals dodged workmen busily putting the finishing touches to Trummer’s latest venture, Theater Bar.

After an hour or so of ducking out of the way as wallpaper was smoothed and lighting fixtures affixed to the wall, a sneak peak taste of the soon to be released Blackbeard Spiced Rum was shared before the taste tests began.

15 cocktails were sipped and assessed; each featuring DonQ Rum. The competitors were evaluated on their use of the spirit, drink flavor, and presentation by judges Tony Abou Ganim, Francine Cohen, James Menite and Albert Trummer. The prize? Five winners were to head to Puerto Rico in June to represent the United States in a cocktail throw down against the Puerto Rican team.

The fabulous five selected to represent the United States: Tony Devencenzi of San Francisco; Noah Heaney of Denver, CO; Charles Joly of Chicago; Brian Matthys of New York City; Darren West of Las Vegas.

Ultimately, the overall competition winner was from Puerto Rico, Hiram Avila.

By Hiram Avila of Puerto Rico

½ oz. DonQ Cristal rum
½ oz. DonQ Añejo rum
½ oz. DonQ Coco rum
½ oz. Monin ginger syrup
1 oz. Fresh cucumber juice

In a cocktail shaker, add rums, ginger syrup, fresh cucumber juice and ice.
Shake vigorously and strain over martini glass.

Garnish with cucumber slice and a sprinkle of sparkly sugar.

To make cucumber juice, use 2 cucumbers and a juicer. If a juicer is not available, add 2 unpeeled cucumbers and ¼ oz. of water to a blender. Blend on high speed and strain mixture.